Colonial America was slowly, but surely developing through the likes of Dutch, English, French, and Spanish immigrants. It wasn't until the British really ramped up settlements, in the late 1500s, that the region really started to take shape. Religion had a big part in why people were moving out there. They wanted to practice their own religions and not be told what they should believe or not believe. These worksheets will look at the founding and rise of colonial America.
Christopher Columbus has a huge role to play in the colonization of America. The continent remained undiscovered for a long period of time. It was Christopher Columbus who discovered America. The famous poem "In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue" represents the voyage of Columbus that helped in the discovery of America.
It all started on the 3rd August 1492 when Christopher Columbus decided to sail to Asia from Spain. He knew that Asia was a place where spices and gold were found in abundance. He wanted to go there in search of the spices and gold. Three ships were going to sail from Spain that were called Nina, Pinta, and Santa maria. Columbus believed that they were going to reach the East Indies by October 12. But they reached a different island. This island was in the Bahamas. The island was named San Salvador by Christopher Columbus.
These bunch of Europeans were set out to find the riches hidden in spices and gold. But they found something completely different. They found the new world which had so much more importance than spices and gold. They did not only discover a new piece of land but also new sea routes. They communicated with the natives of the new world. The entire exploration of the new world is known as the age of discovery. Soon other Europeans found out about the discovery. They also came out to explore the new land. They began to occupy the new lands. They believed it was a good strategy to expand their influence in the world.
The English had their eyes on the new lands. They thought of it as a great source of riches and raw materials. They started to colonize this area in the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. English made their first colony in Virginia in 1607.